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February 2006

  • 17th February 2006

    “Homophobic” Conservative canidate stands down 1

    Mr Cameron, who is targeting gay party members as priorities for the party, is thought to have insisted Mr Jenkins step aside

    12:00 AM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron forced a Welsh Assembly candidate to stand down just 24 hours after he had been selected, over rows about "homophobic" remarks.John Jenkins, 25, stood down as the Conservative candidate for the key seat of Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire after continued controversy over claims he made in 2003 that being gay was a "medical mental condition."

  • Psychologists examine impact of Pentagon gay policy on health 1

    “There is no evidence,“ the article says, “that combat performance is diminished or that unit cohesion declines when GLB persons serve openly“

    12:00 AM — A newly published article in the journal Professional Psychology examines how the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy towards gay recruits impedes access to mental healthcare in the armed services and identifies practical steps providers should take to provide the best possible care for lesbian, gay and bisexual service personnel.The article, Service Delivery in a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" World, was published as part of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on Sexual Orientation and Military Service.

  • US Scouts gay leader ban causes land row

    The US Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts of America has a constitutional right to exclude openly gay men from serving as troop leaders

    12:00 AM — A San Diego appellate court panel is assessing arguments over whether the Boy Scouts of America, which bans gay troop leaders and insists people make a pledge to God, has the right to use city-owned parkland.Mark Danis, an attorney for the plaintiffs, told the appeals panel, "San Diego city land can't be used as the headquarters of a discriminatory organisation," Mr Danis said.

  • 16th February 2006

    Elton John wins damages for “rude” slur

    Sir Elton famously described a group of Tawianesse journalists and photographers as “ “rude, vile pigs”

    12:00 AM — The gay pop star Sir Elton John has accepted an undisclosed sum and an apology from the Sunday Times over an article which described him as "rude".Sir Elton, who famously described a group of Tawianesse journalists and photographers as " "rude, vile pigs" took offence at an article titled "Rock royals get too grand" which described his AIDS Foundation Summer Ball.

  • Radio host sued over “homophobic” comments

    Mr Laws said he meant no offence to homosexuals after he called Mr Kressley a “pillow-biter” and a “pompous little pansy prig” in a 2004 broadcast

    12:00 AM — A radio host in Australia is being sued over comments he made about Queer Eye for the Straight Guy presenter Carson Kressley.John Laws is being sued by Gary Burns for the on air comments on Sydney's 2UE. Mr Burns argues that the words used were of homosexual vilification and a breach of the states Anti Discrimination Act.

  • Hong Kong gay men spread HIV 1

    The total number of HIV cases in Hong Kong, which has a population of 6.8 million, is now 2,835 since 1984

    12:00 AM — Twenty gay men in Hong Kong gave each other HIV after meeting on the internet and deciding to spread the virus between themselves, according to health officials.The South China Morning Post revealed that Government health officials found all 20, who met between November 2003 and November 2005, had HIV with similar gene sequencing.

  • Boston schools appoint gay headteachers 2

    Brian Salzer  will be the principal at Newton South High School

    12:00 AM — Two schools in Boston have appointed openly gay principals amid mixed feeling from parents.Brian Salzer, 38, who will be the principal at Newton South High School, comes from Sauk Prairie, a small Wisconsin school district near the state capital of Madison, and was the first openly gay principal in Wisconsin.

  • Cambridge dean to defy Bishop on gay marriage 1

    The Rev Jeremy Caddick says that he will defy the Church policy

    12:00 AM — The dean of a leading college at Cambridge University has written to the Bishop of Ely informing him that he will break the Church of England's ban on clergy offering services for civil partnerships or gay marriages.The dean of Emmanuel College, the Rev Jeremy Caddick has written to the Bishop of Ely arguing that he believes that the college does not fall within the Church's jurisdiction.

  • Gay MPs and cancer charities welcome smoking ban 10

    Smoking will be stubbed out in all pubs, bars and clubs from next summer

    12:00 AM — The smoking ban has been met with mainly positive reactions amongstthe gay community since Parliament voted for it on Tuesday.PinkNews.co.uk reported earlier in the week that many gay bars andvenues felt they could easily cope with a ban and therefore would be pretty much unaffected.

  • Moscow gay pride facing violence

    Gay Russia is planning a pride parade in the Russian capital on May 27, 2006

    12:00 AM — Gay groups planning to attend the Russian gay pride march in the Spring may face violent protests from Muslim groups.The leader of Russia's Muslims on Tuesday called for a "violent mass protest" if gay leaders go ahead with Pride celebrations. Chief Russian Mufti Talgat Tajuddin said gays could be killed if they went ahead.

  • Senate to vote on gay marriage amendment

    Not only would the amendment ban marriage for same-sex couples, it also threatens domestic partnerships and civil unions

    12:00 AM — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has announced that he will bring the already failed 'Marriage Protection Amendment' proposal up for a vote on June 5, 2006. Similar to 2004, the Senate vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment will come as the fall election season heats up."Not one marriage is protected by this amendment and all marriages are devalued when used as a political ploy," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "Writing one group of people out of the protections of the Constitution is politics at its worst."

  • Brokeback Mountain stars become “gay action figures” 1

    They come equipped with two horses, a campfire, a dog, a tent, a liquor bottle and a tree.

    12:00 AM — The stars of gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain are to be transformed into action figures.The Mirror reports that a fan has turned Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhall into dolls based on their characters in the hit film.They come equipped with two horses, a campfire, a dog, a tent, a liquor bottle and a tree.

  • Gay group condemns anti LGBT adoption bill 1

    Family Pride is the only national nonprofit organisation exclusively dedicated to securing equality for LGBT parents and their families

    12:00 AM — The gay rights group Family Pride has condemned the introduction of House Bill 515 in the Ohio House of Representatives. If passed, the measure would prohibit lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and those who live with them, from adopting or serving as foster parents in Ohio."Child welfare and respected professional organisations are clear in their opposition to these types of measures," said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of Family Pride, the only national nonprofit organisation exclusively dedicated to securing equality for LGBT parents and their families.

  • Initiative launched to promote ethnic support of gay marriage 1

    Alexander Robinson of the National Black Justice Coalition said: “The black family is a fundamental driver of black advancement“

    12:00 AM — Five American organisations have announced a new initiative to elevate communities of colour who support marriage equality for same sex couples."The right-wing has perpetuated the idea that people of colour are overwhelmingly against marriage for same-sex couples, it is important that people see this for what it is, a half-baked myth that needs correcting," said Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal.

  • 15th February 2006

    US education to include homosexuality

    Mr Parker and supporters have picketed school board meetings since his son was given a book, “Who's in a Family?“ to read

    12:00 AM — School districts around the USA are experiencing opposition to a new health curriculum that includes teaching about gay issues.The schools describe it as making the curriculum more modern and expanding diversity education to stave off homophobic assualts like gay-bashing.However, David Parker, the father of a 5-year-old at an elementary school in Massachusetts, called the move an advance for the "homosexual agenda."

  • Banning smoking is the best thing Labour have done for the gay community 11

    Labour's most lasting change will be a ban on smoking in public places

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Editor, Benjamin Cohen takes a look at the impact of the smoking ban on the gay community and argues that it may be Labour's finest hour."It's strange that after nine years of governing Britain, with all the changes to the way that the gay community is treated, Labour's most lasting change will be a ban on smoking in public places."

  • Fashion ad to feature lesbian kiss 3

    French Connection previously gained great success as well as condemnation for the suggestive FCUK logo, which stood for French Connection United Kingdom

    12:00 AM — Controversial designers, French Connection have attracted more controversy over a series of adverts featuring raunchy lesbian scenes.In the fashion label's latest television and cinema ad campaign, two women are shown kissing and tearing each other's clothes off in between exchanging kicks and punches.

  • Singapore allows film fans to see Brokeback Mountain 5

    Promotional material for Brokeback Mountain in Singapore will carry a consumer advisory saying “mature theme, sexual scenes”

    12:00 AM — Cinemagoers in Singapore will be allowed to watch gay cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain without censorship from tomorrow.The Guardian reported that despite the island's strict homosexuality laws and definition of gay sex as gross indecency, film fans over 21 will be able to watch the highly acclaimed movie.

  • Country singer releases gay cowboy song 2

    Willie Nelson features on the soundtrack of Brokeback Mountain with the song He Was A Friend of Mine

    12:00 AM — Country music singer Willie Nelson has written a song about a gay cowboy romance to coincide with hit film Brokeback Mountain's visit to the Oscars.The song, released on Valentines Day, is called Cowboys Are Secretly, Frequently (Fond of Each Other), it was originally written in 1981. It was played for the first time yesterday on US radio.

  • Hong Kong couples awaiting UK gay marriage approval 1

    Homosexuality was decriminalised in Hong Kong in 1991

    12:00 AM — Hong Kong gay couples are awaiting a decision from the government on if the British Consulate can conduct civil partnerships in its country.According to the UK Civil Partnership Act, all "British nationals" can register for a same-sex civil union in a British embassy or consulate, as long as the local law agrees.

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